Wolves In The Throne Room Transform Glasgow With Atmospheric Black Metal

Wolves In The Throne Room turn The Garage Glasgow into an atmospheric dungeon with their brilliant Black Metal performance. This memorable show featured support from Gaerea and Mortiferum.

Wolves In The Throne Room – Gaerea – Mortiferum

The Garage Glasgow – 1 June 2024

Words And Photography: Razorrhead Productions

Wolves In The Throne Room

Wolves In The Throne Room are the pure definition of atmospheric Black Metal. Another group from the US, they have had a fair bit of experience with pelting people with bleak heavy tones for over 20 years now.

Wolves In The Throne Room - The Garage Glasgow - 1 June 2024
Wolves In The Throne Room – The Garage Glasgow – 1 June 2024. Photo: Razorrhead Productions

Tonight is no exception, with the band playing on the eve of their performance at Fortress Festival. The stage again became extremely dark, covered in dimly lit candles, Viking horns, and herbs attached to the mic stands. There is no pretending here when it comes to performing the truest Black Metal.

Wolves In The Throne Room perform some of their best tunes tonight including Beholden To Clan, Crystal Ammunition, and Cleansing. There is a good mix between past faced single noted rhythms that is typically used in this genre, to atmospheric clean sections that bring about the pure bleakness that Black Metal often pertains to. The fact that this band so easily blends between the two back and forth is pure genius.

Wolves In The Throne Room - The Garage Glasgow - 1 June 2024
Wolves In The Throne Room – The Garage Glasgow – 1 June 2024. Photo: Razorrhead Productions

The only downside to their performance is how quiet the vocals were. On their recordings, the echoed shrieks are a delight. However, it was very difficult to hear them tonight. This is no fault of the band, as I put it down to the overall mix in the venue. It would have been nice to hear them, though, considering they have three vocalists for their live sets.

Wolves In The Throne Room - The Garage Glasgow - 1 June 2024
Wolves In The Throne Room – The Garage Glasgow – 1 June 2024. Photo: Razorrhead Productions

The shredding of their guitars and somewhat complex solos are just so entertaining to watch. This, followed by your authentic Black Metal blast beats, provides an overall sense that this style of music will never die. It continues to evolve while sticking to its roots.

Just like the Mortiferum tonight, they do not take much time to faff about as its straight from one song to another. No saying hello to the crowd or interactions, just pure Black Metal for an hour. No complaints, though, as that is generally how Black Metal should be, no nonsense.

Wolves In The Throne Room - The Garage Glasgow - 1 June 2024
Wolves In The Throne Room – The Garage Glasgow – 1 June 2024. Photo: Razorrhead Productions

The pause is near the end of the show, where we see Kody Keyworth blow smoke from a bowl across the stage, clearly performing a ritual. It’s then straight back to the music as they finish with Crown Of Stone and Queen Of Borrowed Light.

They salute the fans with wine in their hands and head off stage. The crowd chants for one more tune over and over. Alas, they do not return for an encore.

Wolves In The Throne Room capped a fantastic, straightforward night of pure Black Metal at its finest, and I truly look forward to seeing these bands playing again.  

Wolves In The Throne Room - The Garage Glasgow - 1 June 2024
Wolves In The Throne Room – The Garage Glasgow – 1 June 2024. Photo: Razorrhead Productions
Mortiferum

First, we have Mortiferum to present some brutal old skull Death Metal to Glasgow. Originally from Washington, USA, they began their Death Metal assault in 2016. They enter Glasgow with a bleak outlook, setting their stage in almost complete darkness that compliments the horrifying tones they confidently produce.

Mortiferum - The Garage Glasgow - 1 June 2024
Mortiferum – The Garage Glasgow – 1 June 2024. Photo: Razorrhead Productions

The low growl howls echoed distantly throughout the venue, loud enough that you could feel them course through your body.

The band creates the very distinct sound that is Death Metal: vigorous blast beasts, hyper-speed shredding, and enough head banging to keep your mind spinning for a week.

Mortiferum - The Garage Glasgow - 1 June 2024
Mortiferum – The Garage Glasgow – 1 June 2024. Photo: Razorrhead Productions

This band do not muck about on stage. They quickly go from song to song, making sure the audience does not get a long break before they are pounded again and again by this band’s heavy sonic assault.

The darkness fits well. Even though most Death Metal bands like to be seen with clear precision while performing, this one sticks with the Black Metal stage vibes that allow them to blend in well with the shadows of the stage.

Mortiferum - The Garage Glasgow - 1 June 2024
Mortiferum – The Garage Glasgow – 1 June 2024. Photo: Razorrhead Productions

Old skull fits this group extremely well and if you are fan of the ’80s/’90s Death Metal sound, then Mortiferum is the band you should check out next if you have not heard their heavy tunes yet.

Gaerea

Next up was Gaerea. Described as Cathartic Black Metal from Portugal, this band goes in the opposite direction of Mortiferum as they set to put up a special show with bright lights, erratic movements while producing some hard-hitting Metal.

Gaerea - The Garage Glasgow - 1 June 2024
Gaerea – The Garage Glasgow – 1 June 2024. Photo: Razorrhead Productions

The look of this band is definitely interesting, as there is an almost Sleep Token dress sense, but Gaerea seems to be more down to business, performing some no-nonsense Black Metal.

The lights are bright, allowing to see all of the members however they are completely covering in black clothing and makeup, presenting a melancholy performance that leaves the audience dazzled with excitement.

Gaerea - The Garage Glasgow - 1 June 2024
Gaerea – The Garage Glasgow – 1 June 2024. Photo: Razorrhead Productions

These guys are the most eccentric Black Metal band I have ever seen. There is no lack of energy as there is a lot of movement on stage, with erratic dancing and headbanging in sync with their aggressive tones and heavy beats.

A new favourite of mine, this is another band that is fairly new and have begun their mission to fill the world with their entertaining Black Metal vibes.

Gaerea - The Garage Glasgow - 1 June 2024
Gaerea – The Garage Glasgow – 1 June 2024. Photo: Razorrhead Productions
Gaerea - The Garage Glasgow - 1 June 2024
Gaerea – The Garage Glasgow – 1 June 2024. Photo: Razorrhead Productions
Gaerea - The Garage Glasgow - 1 June 2024
Gaerea – The Garage Glasgow – 1 June 2024. Photo: Razorrhead Productions
Gaerea - The Garage Glasgow - 1 June 2024
Gaerea – The Garage Glasgow – 1 June 2024. Photo: Razorrhead Productions
Mortiferum - The Garage Glasgow - 1 June 2024
Mortiferum – The Garage Glasgow – 1 June 2024. Photo: Razorrhead Productions
Mortiferum - The Garage Glasgow - 1 June 2024
Mortiferum – The Garage Glasgow – 1 June 2024. Photo: Razorrhead Productions
Wolves In The Throne Room - The Garage Glasgow - 1 June 2024
Wolves In The Throne Room – The Garage Glasgow – 1 June 2024. Photo: Razorrhead Productions
Wolves In The Throne Room - The Garage Glasgow - 1 June 2024
Wolves In The Throne Room – The Garage Glasgow – 1 June 2024. Photo: Razorrhead Productions

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